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Sir John Eliot Gardiner on Monteverdi’s operas

Conductor discusses all three surviving operas telling stories of Orpheus, Ulysses and Poppea.

Gianandrea Noseda discusses Verdi’s Macbeth

The very first opera to be performed at the 1947 International Festival returns in 2017 as a major new production by Teatro Regio Torino.

Castlebrae students learn hip-hop moves from Boy Blue Entertainment

Emma, our Creative Learning Officer, reflects on the hip-hop dance workshops, the fun and challenges involved, and looking really cool.

Mitsuko Uchida talks about her International Festival recital

Hear the revered pianist talk about Mozart, Schumann & Widmann in her repertoire.

Sir Andrew Davis talks about the concert performance of Die Walküre

"I can’t think of anything else in music that actually aspires to such power and such emotional complexity"

Martin Creed talks about his residency at the 2017 International Festival

"To me it’s all to do with seeing what you can do to make you feel better and make your life better"

Castlebrae students host their own 2017 International Festival launch

Pupils at Castlebrae Community High School in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh hosted their own

Piano Day 2017

Have a closer look at some of the incredible pianists and their recitals at this year's International Festival.

Photo gallery | 2017 programme launch

As we are catching our breath this Friday afternoon, we put together a photo gallery from the launch.

Edinburgh International Festival 2017 Programme Announced

Today we unveiled our 2017 programme which marks the event’s 70th anniversary.

Disabled Access Day 2017

Find out about the accessible performances and events at the International Festival that bring you closer to what is happening on stage

Photo Gallery | Art of Listening

A colourful insight into what’s happening in Primary 7 pupils’ inner worlds when they listen to classical music.

Top 10 tips for the programme launch

Ahead of the 2017 International Festival programme launch we put together a list of the top tips for exploring the programme and booking your tickets.

Get ready for 2017

Dates for your diary for the 2017 International Festival.

The International Festival Photographer

During August 2016, illustrator Graeme McNee met Mihaela Bodlovic, the International Festival Ph

A very International Festival Halloween

The team has had a brainstorm and we’ve put together a list of highly original, International Festival inspired costumes!